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‘I can’t promise’ Antonio Conte Antonio Conte lashes out at Spurs supporters after booing in Liverpool loss

‘I can’t promise’ Antonio Conte Antonio Conte lashes out at Spurs supporters after booing in Liverpool loss

Antonio Conte responded to Tottenham’s supporters for booing his team off at halftime during Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool.

Tottenham were forced to pay for another sluggish start as an amazing second-half comeback resulted in no late equalizer. 

Mohamed Salah’s two goals were enough for Liverpool to record their first road victory of the season, but Antonio Conte was pleased with his team’s performance.

The Italian felt that Tottenham Hotspur earned a draw and stated that Spurs’ supporters must realize that their team is still developing.

“First of all, I think that we have to show in every moment a great respect to our fans because they are our fans,” Conte said. “They pay for their tickets. At the same time, if you ask me if I was happy or disappointed, yes.

“I continue to repeat since from the start of the season that we have just started a process and I think after one year we made a lot of improvement. If someone thinks we are already ready to win, I have to be honest and tell you it will be really, really difficult because when you start a process you need time and patience.

“If you understand this, everybody is OK. Otherwise we can lose the passion, the enthusiasm. I can’t promise, in this moment, trophies to our fans. I continue to ask for time and patience because I have the experience to do this. We are far from other teams that are used to winning. If we understand this it will be good. Everybody wants to win, I am the first but we need time and patience.”

Harry Kane’s goal gave Spurs, who have surrendered third place to Newcastle, reason for optimism. But Liverpool, who trail Conte’s squad by seven points, dug hard for the victory.

“We had to keep fighting,” Jürgen Klopp said. “We did that. We like that. People who know us know if you want to win an away game this is a normal way to do it.

“This is a completely normal game for us. We drew twice against Tottenham last season, so winning here is incredibly difficult. We have to show this attitude and commitment to defending. We have to show that we are not punched too hard when we concede a goal.”

‘I can’t promise’ Antonio Conte Antonio Conte lashes out at Spurs supporters after booing in Liverpool loss

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